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Weekly Wisdom 11-9-2016

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“Fifty years this month, The Chronicle of Higher Education began life with an unprecedented and audacious vision: to provide great journalism about every facet of American colleges and universities.” (


This is the first line in the 50th anniversary publication of The Chronicle of Higher Education, which arrived on my desk yesterday. I spent some time going through it. A lot has happened in the last fifty years. Here are some excerpts:

  • November 1968: Yale announces it will admit women. Princeton follows.
  • February 1968: Police shoot and kill three at South Carolina State College after a civil-rights protest at a segregated bowling alley. Many events contribute to a culture of student unrest for the remainder of the decade.
  • June 1972: Title IX becomes law.
  • April 1976: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reports that academics in “over 100 colleges, universities and related institutes” have clandestine relationships with the CIA.
  • July 1978: Hanna Gray becomes the first women to lead a major U.S. higher education institution, the University of Chicago.
  • June 1989: Hundreds of students and other protesters are slain in China’s Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • July 1990: George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.
  • April 1996: The Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, mathematical prodigy and former UC Berkeley professor with degrees from Harvard and the University of Michigan, is arrested in Montana.
  • February 2004: Facebook is launched.
  • August-September 2005: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita cut a swath of destruction access three states, displacing thousands of students and ultimately causing thousands of college employees to lose their jobs.
  • April 2007: Mass shooting at Virginia Tech leaves 33 dead including the gunman.
  • April 2011: Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issues new guidance to colleges on complying with Title IX.
  • November 2015: Protests by black students at the University of Missouri, including a threatened boycott by the football team, culminate in the resignations of the university system president and chancellor.


It will come as no surprise that I consider myself a Democrat and am a Hilary Clinton supporter. I went to bed early last night. I didn’t want to witness the state by state defeat. Reading through these Chronicle milestones bolstered my hope. We’ve been through a lot of change, in higher education and in society at large. We’ve survived. The older I get the more I don’t know. Perhaps we will thrive. I do know: we’ll work hard and we’ll go on.



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